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WORK

2020 - present: Collaboration with Harris Reed, London. Creating hats with Harris Reed for his collections, shows, the MET Gala, exhibitions and commercial output.

www.harrisreed.com

2019 - present: Freelance milliner for Tolu Coker, London. Creating hats for Tolu Coker designs for the City of Joy (Republic of the Congo) in collaboration with Vlisco fabrics and for her collections.

www.tolucoker.com

2019 - present: Collaboration with Wiederhoeft, New York. Creating hats for his collections and private orders.

www.wiederhoeft.com

2013 - present: Freelancer for Studio Frith (graphic design), London. Sampling and making prototypes for a range of designs - bags, embroidery, exhibition and performance pieces.

www.studiofrith.com

2018 - 2022: Collaboration with Tiscar Espadas, London. Developing and making hats for her collection (shows and commercial).

www.tiscarespadas.com

2021 - 2022: Collaboration with Dilara Findikoglu, London. Creating hats for 'Saint Dilara Beach Club' and show pieces.

www.dilarafindikoglu.com

2014 - 2021: Freelance milliner for Sarah Cant Couture Millinery, Oxfordshire, UK. Blocking and making for Sarah Cant collections.

www.sarahcant.co.uk

2014 - 2020: Freelancer for JordanLuca, London. Patterns for accessories, prototyping, styling pieces and garment finishings.

www.jordanluca.com

2013 - 2019: Freelance milliner for House of Flora, London. Making the House of Flora collection, show and press pieces.

www.houseofflora.net
 

2013 - 2015 / 2017 - 2019: Model department milliner, Stephen Jones millinery, London. Making and problem solving for the Stephen Jones Model collection. Creating catwalk pieces and production for (among others) Thom Browne, Schiaparelli, Galliano, Dior and private customers.

www.stephenjonesmillinery.com

2019: Freelance glove maker for Zilver, London. Sampling and developing prototypes before production on the Gemini collection.

www.zilver.com

2019: Freelance milliner for Atelier Millinery, London. Making for Atelier collection and private orders.

www.ateliermilliery.com

2010 / 2015 - 2017: Milliner for Gregoria Recio, Atelier de Modistes, Midi-Pyrenees, France. Making hats for theatre and film.

www.gregoria-recio-modiste.com

2016: Work placement as an assistant furrier for Rebecca Bradley, London. Learning fur types and techniques.

www.rebeccabradleylondon.com

2015: Milliner for Studio XO, wearable technology, London. Work on 'Pepsi X lighter of light'.

www.studio-xo.com

2013: Assistant in Adrian Villar Rojas glass department, Serpentine Gallery, London. Cementing and polishing on the stained glass pieces for the exhibition 'Today We Reboot The Planet'

https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/adri%C3%A1n-villar-rojas-today-we-reboot-planet

2009: Work placement as a millinery assistant for Marie Mercie, Paris. Making Marie Mercie collection production.

www.mariemercie.com

TEACHING

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2018 - 2022: Millinery tutor for Morley College (previously Kensington and Chelsea College), London. Teaching on the Higher National Certificate (millinery). Guidance, demonstrations and problem solving on each project with each student.

www.morleycollege.ac.uk

2016 - 2020: Millinery technician / visiting lecturer for the Royal College of Art, London. Teaching millinery techniques and problem solving on hats and accessories, applied to the MA students needs.

www.rca.ac.uk

EDUCATION

2021: MA Fashion Artefact (distinction), London College of Fashion. 15 month MA in design and craft.

2014: Wig Making course, Westminster Adult Education. Ten week evening course covering basic techniques of weaving and knotting.

2012 - 2013: Higher National Certificate in millinery (distinction), Kensington and Chelsea college, London. Full time millinery course covering design and technical methods.
 
2011: Glass course, Working Men's college, London. Ten week evening course, covering basic leaded stained glass techniques.

2009 - 2010: Certificat d'Aptitude Professionnelle en Mode et Chapellerie, Coutances, France. Full time millinery course covering the techniques and materials of traditional millinery, with a speciality in soft hat construction (pattern cutting).

2004 - 2007: Baccalaureat d'Arts Appliques, Toulouse, France. Applied arts course covering design research, 3D design, graphic design, conventional representation and history of art.

 

Vivienne trained as a milliner and has spent over 10 years working on exhibitions, catwalk shows and in fashion generally. She now applies these skills to many unusual projects, from hats in all shapes and sizes to giant glove masks and yak hair tights.

After completing her training both in France and the UK, has made for Thom Browne, Galliano, Schiaparelli, Todds and Marc Jacobs while working for Stephen Jones, and since has established her own workroom with projects for Studio Frith, Tolu Coker, Harris Reed, Zilver, JordanLuca...

She has been teaching at the Royal College of Art on the accessories MA course since 2016, and on the Morley college Higher National Certificate in Millinery since 2018.

For hats, accessories, fashion collaborations, hand stitching, shape pattern cutting and teaching please get in touch via vivienne.h.lake@gmail.com, I especially love a project that is not quite resolved, and no one has the faintest idea as to how to make it real.